Programs Concerned with Alaska Native Language (ANL) Revitalization

Programs Concerned with Alaska Native Language (ANL) Revitalization

(Note: This list is probably incomplete.   You may add your program or correct your information by sending email to

Lawrence Kaplan, Alaska Native Language Center – June 6, 2012

I. Documentation –

1. Alaska Native Language Center/ UAF:

(publishes dictionaries, grammars, texts, scholarly articles on Alaska Native languages)

2. Alaska Native Language Archive/UAF:

(archives original materials and recordings, assists regional archiving)

3. Sealaska Heritage Institute:

(dictionaries of Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian and other language materials)

4. Eskimo Heritage Program, Kawerak, Inc., Nome:

(Records and archives oral tradition for Bering Strait region)

5. Kodiak Alutiiq Museum:

(Alutiiq language materials and information)

6. North Slope Borough Commission on Iņupiat History, Language, and Culture:

(Elders’ Conference transcripts and recordings, Inupiaq oral tradition, video)

7. Simon Paneak Memorial Museum, Anaktuvuk Pass: (museum exhibits, publications, library for Nunamiut Iņupiat)

8. Association of Village Council Presidents: (museum displays and publications)

9. Individual authors and teams: Ann Fienup-Riordan and Yup’ik team, Paul John, and Calista Elders Council:   (Central Yup’ik publications, museum exhibits and catalogs)

Richard and Nora Dauenhauer -- Tlingit literature

10. Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center: (exhibits, publications, videos for diverse ANLs)

11. Alaska Native Heritage Center:

12. Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ANKN): (widely varied content on ANLs)

13. Kodiak Alutiiq (Qik'rtarmiut) Teacher Mentorship Program:


II. Materials for Language Learning and Teaching

1. Rural School districts publish materials and on-line resources for local languages

i. Kuskokwim School District:

ii. Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School:

iii. North Slope Borough School District:

iv. Yukon Kuskokwim School District:

v. Nikaitchuat Ilisaġviat Iņupiaq Immersion School:

2. Many of the organizations under (I) above: Alaska Native Language Center, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Kodiak Alutiiq Museum, ANKN, etc.


III. Language classes

1. College level

i. Alaska Native Language Program/UAF (currently offers Inupiaq, Yup’ik, Koyukon and Gwich’in Athabascan, with B.A. degrees in Inupiaq and Yupik):

ii. Kuskokwim Campus/UAF (Yup’ik language classes and Yup’ik B.A. degree taught primarily in Yup’ik):

iii. Chukchi Campus/UAF (Malimiu Inupiaq)

iv. Northwest Campus/UAF (Seward Peninsula Inupiaq)

v. Kodiak College/UAA: (new Alutiiq Studies Program)

vi. UAA Main Campus, Alaska Native Studies Program: (Yup’ik, Tlingit)

vii. UAS, Alaska Native Studies: (Tlingit, Haida)

2. Schools – numerous schools offer ANL’s as part of their curriculum, with everything from language immersion to short periods several times per week

3. Special language programs

i. Eyak Language Project:

4. Mentor-apprentice learning: Kodiak Alutiiq Museum, Alaska Native Language Program/UAF (learners paired with speakers)


IV. Language Committees and Commissions

1. Alutiiq New Words Committee:

2. North Slope Borough Iņupiat History, Language and Culture:

3. Gwich’in language committee: Hishinlai’ Kathy Sikorski,

4. Tlingit Words Committee



V. Resource Websites

1. Alaskool:

2. Dena’ina Qenaga: (Dena’ina Athabascan resources)

3. Alaska Native Language Center:

4. Alaska Native Language Archive:

5. Sealaska Heritage Institute:

6. Kodiak Alutiiq Museum:

7. Alaska State Library Digital Archive:

8. Ahtna Heritage Foundation:

9. Talking Alaska, Reflections on the Native Languages of Alaska (blog):

10. Ethnologue, Languages of the World:

11. Alaska Native Knowledge Network:

12. Kodiak Alutiiq (Qik'rtarmiut) Teacher Mentorship Program:

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